“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” - Psalm 51:1-2
September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, or Orange Shirt Day. We wear orange shirts as a sign of solidarity with Indigenous People and in support of the Truth and Reconciliation work we all need to do. It takes work to realize the mistakes of the past and to move forward into a better future together. The Presbyterian Church in Canada has more information on Orange Shirt Day here: https://presbyterian.ca/2022/09/13/study-guide-orange-shirt-day/
The denomination has also provided this prayer to guide us on such an important day:
Creator, Healing God
On this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
We lament all the childhoods and lives lost through the residential school system;
all the families broken and the communities wounded.
We pray for healing for all those harmed by the schools.
As a church we have repented for our role in running residential schools;
But we know repentance is only the beginning
Continue guiding your church to live out our confession and work for reconciliation.
Continue moving us to act, supporting justice for Indigenous people
Help your church hear how to walk the path of truth and reconciliation
And help all of us, always, to celebrate the hope and joy of every child. Amen.
Grace and peace, Rev. Sarina